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More gold for Le Clos while Schoenmaker secures bronze
- Updated: September 30, 2014
Chad le Clos picked up his third and fourth gold medals of the meeting on the second and final day of the FINA World Cup in Hong Kong on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Le Clos won the 100-metre butterfly in convincing style, clocking 48.56 seconds to beat runner-up Thomas Shields (US) by almost half a second.
His time was just 0.08sec outside the five-year-old world record, held by Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin.
Not long afterwards, the global aquatic sensation won the men’s 50m freestyle final as well with a time of 21.17, for another emphatic victory, this time over Russia’s Tikhobaev (21.74).
Tatjana Schoemaker went closest of the women to medalling for South Africa in the early evening action.
The Pretoria youngster went 31.97 for fourth spot in the 50-metre breaststroke final, missing out on a medal by 0.08sec in a race won by Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson.
There were two other SA swimmers in the final, Vidette Coetzee swimming 32.40 for sixth spot and Chelsea Meiring touching in 33.59 for eighth spot.
Samantha Randle, like Schoenmaker, part of Team SA at the African Youth Games in Botswana earlier this year and the youngest member of the SA team in Hong Kong, was also one place off the podium in the 400m freestyle, as she clocked 4:24.15 for fourth spot in a race won by prolific Hungarian Katinka Hosszu in 4:01.02.
Schoenmaker finally picked up a medal as the evening’s action started to wind down. Swimming the 200m breaststroke final, she touched in 2:26.51 for third spot. Winner was Japan’s Rie Kaneto in 2:19.55 with Atkinson taking silver this time in 2:24.94. In the same race Schoenmaker’s teammate, Natalie Maritz, took fifth in a personal best swim of 2:40.34.
In the women’s 100m backstroke, Kathrine Holicki and Jamie Reynolds took sixth and eighth spots with times of a personal best 1:03.24 and 103.63 respectively.
Ruan Ras took seventh in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:02.47 and in the final event of the evening that featured SA participation, Jamie Reynolds was also seventh in the women’s 50m butterfly with a time of 28.20.